Alan Thompson returns to the tipping chair and will start his stint with two selections from Brighton and Goodwood...
"Formerly trained by Sir Michael Stoute, this four-year-old is still a maiden after his six starts but he has twice been placed in better company than he faces today and this is his first run at this low level"
Transmitting will have needed his comeback run on his first start for Ed Vaughan at Kempton on 21st May, he had been off the course for 214 days prior to that run. Formerly trained by Sir Michael Stoute, this four-year-old is still a maiden after his six starts but he has twice been placed in better company than he faces today and this is his first run at this low level. Running off a mark of 65 and with Harry Bentley in the plate, I think he has every chance of breaking that maiden tag today.
Miss Inga Sock is the current market leader and holds that position on merit, she was bidding for a hat-trick of wins at Chepstow earlier in the week but finished third in that event. She has been raised 7lbs by the handicapper across those three runs and I just think she may just be carrying too much weight. Strictly Art also falls into the same category for me, he won last time out off a mark of 56 but he runs under a penalty today and that could be a step too far.
Rod Millman's five-year-old gelding Champagne Champ has already won five times from nineteen starts and has placed on a further four occasions including both races this season. Two of his wins have been over this trip and although he was a well-beaten third to Flymetothestars at Newcastle last time out, nine lengths off the winner, that was on the all-weather and he is undoubtedly a better horse on turf where all his wins have been obtained.
There is more rain forecast for the Goodwood area and that wouldn't inconvenience the selection, he wouldn't want it heavy as he isn't so much of a mudlark, but he has carried his big frame to four wins when the word soft has appeared in the going. The current market favourite in the race is the topically named Parliamentarian, who wasn't beaten far in a better race at Haydock on his reappearance, while he is certainly a threat he did finish behind Champagne Champ at Salisbury on his final start last year and at the odds I would rather vote for Champagne Champ to get the better of him again today.
2017 Overall (prior to this week): -7.42 pts
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